Constantine announces probable squad for upcoming qualifiers

India travel to Tehran to play Asian giants Iran on March 24 after which they will host Turkmenistan in Kochi on March 29.

India lies at the bottom of its qualifying group having won just match.   -  K. Murali Kumar

National team coach Stephen Constantine has announced his list of 28 probables for India’s forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Iran and Turkmenistan.

India travel to Tehran to play Asian giants Iran on March 24 after which they will host Turkmenistan in Kochi on March 29. The National Team will be having a small camp in New Delhi from March 16 prior to the departure to Tehran on March 21.

Constantine sounded “excited,” when asked about the preparatory camp. “The boys would be assembling on March 16 and we will be practicing at the Ambedkar Stadium. However, as both Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC are involved in the AFC Cup, the boys from the two Clubs won’t be able to be with us on the 16th,” Constantine informed.

“As Mohun Bagan play a home match in the AFC Cup (on March 16), their players will report to the camp the next day while the boys from Bengaluru FC will report to the camp as soon as they are back from their away match,” he added.

“It’s important that we sustain the momentum which we achieved by winning the SAFF Suzuki Cup. Playing in Tehran will be a difficult game for us,” he stated. “Without disrespecting Turkmenistan, we want to get the maximum we can from our home match,” he quipped.

Probable Squad

GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Karanjit Singh, TP Reheneesh.

DEFENDERS: Aiborlang Khongjee, Augustine Fernandes, Arnab Mondal, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Rino Anto, Narayan Das, Lalchhuanmawia.

MIDFIELDERS: Pronoy Halder, Bikash Jairu, Cavin Lobo, Rowlin Borges, Allwyn George, Md. Rafique, Malsawmzuala, Francis Fernandes, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Udanta Singh, Vineet Rai, Seityasen Singh.

FORWARDS: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sunil Chhetri, Sumeet Passi, Halicharan Narzary.